Lifelines No 4: Édouard Glissant

12 May 11 - 15 May 11

The fourth edition of LifeLines was dedicated to writer, poet and cultural theoretician Édouard Glissant. Edouard Glissant passed away in Paris on 3 February 2011 at the age of 82. Édouard Glissant is regarded as one of the most important writers from the Francophone Caribbean and a leading intellectual light in post-colonial issues and matters of cultural theory. In the 1980s, his theses on creolization, diversity and difference played a crucial role in raising interest in multiculturalism, the politics of identity and “minority” literature.The works of this thinker, probably the most important contemporary intellectual – comprising poems, novels and philosophical essays – refuse to be pigeon-holed. They “combine philosophy and poetry in their most profound and purest form”, as the philosopher Gilles Deleuze put it. Lifelines has been spotlighting the life works of outstanding musicians, writers, artists and filmmakers since 2009.

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